department of philosophy

Chafee Hall, Room 230, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881


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PHILOSOPHY: What is it good for?
Absolutely Everything.  

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If you’re considering a major in philosophy, you’re probably interested in exploring some of life’s biggest questions – about our place in the universe, the purpose of human life, and the nature of morality. Chances are you’re asking another big question – what can I do with a philosophy degree?

The answer: A major in philosophy is an extremely practical choice.

Philosophy is one of the most popular majors of those who go to graduate or professional school, and philosophy majors are consistently among the top performers on the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT. At URI, many philosophy grads move on to law school, medical school, or graduate study. Here we also make it easy to combine other majors with philosophy, making you an even more attractive candidate for future employers.

Why Philosophy at URI?

Parents: Is your son or daughter thinking about studying Philosophy? Here’s something you should know…

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We focus on you.
With approximately 50 majors, a low faculty-to-student ratio, and small class sizes, URI philosophy students receive individual attention and support from the outstanding faculty with whom they work and collaborate.


Smart peers (really smart).
URI philosophy majors are a community of intelligent individuals with diverse interests and achievements—academic and otherwise. More than a third of our majors also major in a second discipline, and some even pursue a third. And there are plenty of opportunities to connect with your peers beyond the classroom, including discussion groups, outreach events, study groups, and social events.


Flexibility to explore your options.
The philosophy curriculum leaves room for you to explore your other academic interests, choose electives that complement another major or minor, or group together electives that focus on a specific topic of interest. Since many philosophy courses feature topics that intersect with other disciplines, such as science, social science, medicine, history, and literature, you’ll learn how to apply philosophical thinking to your particular areas of interest.





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